Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Banded and beautiful - Les demoiselles

The demoiselles are the only damselflies with coloured wings.  The banded demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) is found quite widely, including here in Northumberland, whereas the beautiful demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo) is found mostly west of a line from Kent to Cheshire.  These pictures were taken on the River Nene in Northamptonshire near the ox hovel at Heyford Mill.

I first found a male banded demoiselle.

This is the female.

Then I found a few female beautiful demoiselles.

And finally a mature male beautiful demoiselle.  He was very relaxed about me getting close with the macro lens.  I hope he doesn't mind that his name in French means beautiful young lady!